Dr. Ference is one of only about 16 dentists in Pennsylvania to have become Board Certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology. He is also a "Fellow" in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has been surgically placing and restoring implants since 1986 and has had extensive training by some of the leading implant dentists in the world.
Below is some general information about implants but for more specific information, we can provide a consultation to discuss your individual case.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. Implants provide excellent support and stability for these dental appliances.
Dental implants are artificial roots and teeth (usually titanium) that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone. The teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient’s smile!
Dental implants are strong and durable and can last many years. Since they don't decay, they frequently last longer than the natural teeth.
Reasons for dental implants:
Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
Restore a patient’s confident smile.
Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
Restore or enhance facial tissues.
Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure and comfortable.
- What does getting dental implants involve?
The process of getting implants can require a number of visits over several months but it varies with the circumstances of each case.
X-rays and impressions (molds) are taken of the jaw and teeth to determine bone, gum tissue, and spacing available for an implant. While the area is numb, the implant will be surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal and integrate itself for up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required in order to place the “post” that will hold the artificial tooth in place. With other implants the post and anchor are already attached and placed at the same time.
After a suitable period of time to allow for healing, the artificial teeth are made and fitted to the post portion of the anchor. The crown, bridge or denture can be securely attached to the implant, providing stability and comfort for the patient.
You will receive care instructions when your treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene and eating habits, alongside regular dental visits, will aid in the life of your new implant.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.